“Never Said” is Track 5 from Liz Phair’s 1993 Debut Album, Exile in Guysville. It was the First Single released from the Album, though it was never actually released as a physical Single. A Music Video was released for it, directed by Katy McGuire.
“Never Said” by Liz Phair
from the album, Exile In Guyville (1993)
VH1 listed “Never Said” as the 89th Greatest Song of the 1990’s.
The song is also featured on the Liz Phair compilation album Icon (2014), and a live version of the song is part of Lilith Fair, Volume 3 (1999).
“Never Said” was the first Liz Phair Song I ever heard. I was standing in a Tower Records with my baby daughter on my hip and a good friend at my side. I was not yet twenty-five and there was something in Liz’s voice that sounded just like what “not yet twenty-five” felt like. I connected to something then and there and left the store with Exile in Guyville in my hands.
Although the Song is not my favorite from the Album, it has remained an integral part of that first Liz Phair memory.
Years later, I would hear the Song as part of a personal and confessional mix CD given to me by a then-lover, and the Song took on a whole new meaning, and memory, to me.
It would show up again on a birthday Mix CD a coworker gave me, full of Songs that meant something to him in his own musical history.
I love how fluid music is, how a song can evolve in its impact as life goes on, and the soundtrack expands, and changes.
Do you have a memory of Never Said?